Taking The Initiative In Kensington

 

A set of projects by Shift Capital points to renewed faith in realizing Kensington's potential.

A set of projects by Shift Capital points to renewed faith in realizing Kensington’s potential. | Photo: Plan Philly

  • Plan Philly considers the bullish ambitions of Shift Capital, a firm that is taking the initiative to actualize Kensington proper, “one of the toughest and most disinvested neighborhoods in Philadelphia,” with two projects now underway. The Beury Building at Broad & Erie is seen as a second node—the Divine Lorraine is the first—on which to pin hopes of a revitalized North Broad Street. With Erie Station, the orange line’s third busiest hub, nearby, and a present dearth of off-campus Temple housing, the risk here is slight enough for the firm. Near the Tioga stop, the reuse of two spacious warehouses is planned: MaKen Studios “will provide nearly 300,000 square feet of rentable space, along with support and business resources, to creative businesses, artists, and light manufacturers.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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